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Child Cruise Ship Passenger Killed During Shore Excursion

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 29, 2016

Child Cruise Ship Passenger Killed During Shore Excursion

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Police on the Caribbean island of Dominica have confirmed that a child from a visiting cruise ship was killed in a bus accident in the village of Trafalgar on Thursday.

According to Dominica News Online, the 16-month-old child was among seven other passengers—five Italians and two Brazilians—who were involved in the bus crash. The victims were immediately taken to the nearby Princess Margaret Hospital where the child passed away.

The cruise ship passengers in the bus were on an independently booked shore excursion from the MSC Orchestra, and most of the victims in the accident had already returned to the ship or would be returning soon.

MSC Orchestra sent its medical team to Princess Margaret Hospital to assist local doctors with the victims. Officials onboard the ship released the following statement to Dominica News Online:

“It is with deep sadness that MSC Cruises confirms that a tragic accident involving seven of its guests happened earlier today at approximately 11 a.m. local time, in Trafalgar on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

The seven guests involved in the accident were five Italian and two Brazilian nationals. They were on their way to an on shore visit which they had independently booked through a third party.

Immediately after the accident, the guests were transported to the nearby Princess Margaret Hospital and a support team from the ship has since arrived to the hospital to assist them in every way they can. Simultaneously, MSC Cruises’ crisis team was activated and has already contacted all the families and relatives of the guests involved in the accident. The guests were all aboard MSC Orchestra which was calling at Roseau, Dominica, for the day.

Since then, we are glad to report that two Italian and two Brazilian nationals are safely either already back on board or on their way. Regarding the young boy and his family, his parents are out of harm’s way but still at the hospital. I am unfortunately not at liberty to disclose the condition of the young boy, since the relevant authorities have yet to make a formal assessment. Having said this, I have also been reading that he has passed and we are led to believe that this is sadly the case.”


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